civil rights

Jesse Ishikawa and Rev. Trago T. McWilliams

Jesse Ishikawa and Rev. Trago T. McWilliams

Joseph Ishikawa came to Nebraska from a Colorado internment camp during World War II. As a city employee in 1946 he challenged a longstanding policy barring African Americans from the municipal pool. When a multiracial coalition pressured city leaders, officials claimed they didn’t support the rule… even as they resisted changing it.

Check out the NSHS’s new video on YouTube!

During the Nebraska History Museum’s "We the People": The Nebraska Viewpoint exhibit, visitors were invited to tell their own stories in a video booth. Now the best of these recordings have been edited into a five-minute video called We the People: Nebraska Stories of Civil Rights. The video is the work of Joy Carey, a UNL broadcast news major and NSHS editorial assistant in the Publications Division.

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